There’s never been a better time to head “down under” with Atlantis when we return to Australia and New Zealand for a spectacular cruise heading into the 40th anniversary of Sydney’s legendary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. From the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand to the cosmopolitan charm of Melbourne, you’ll experience unparalleled wonders through two fascinating countries. Onboard, we’ll thrill you with two continents of entertainment, spectacular outdoor parties, and expert guides throughout your journey. All at the lowest fares we’ve ever offered in Australia!

  • Auckland to Sydney Cruise
  • February 18 - March 1, 2018 Holland America Noordam

Cruise Itinerary

Date
Port
Arrive
Depart
  • February 18 Auckland, New Zealand   4:00 pm
  • February 19 Scenic Cruising – White Island  
  • February 20 Gisborne, New Zealand 8:00 am 5:00 pm
  • February 21 Wellington, New Zealand 12:00 pm 7:00 pm
  • February 22 Akaroa (Christchurch), NZ 7:00 am 6:30 pm
  • February 23 At Sea  
  • February 24 At Sea  
  • February 25 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 8:00 am 5:00 pm
  • February 26 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 8:00 pm Overnight
  • February 27 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   6:00 pm
  • February 28 At Sea  
  • March 1 Sydney, NSW, Australia 8:00 am

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland's blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. The City of Sails literally stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea, from wild surf beaches to a beautiful gulf of tranquil islands. And with a vibrant gay scene ready to welcome Atlantis guests, it’s the perfect welcoming introduction to the wonders of New Zealand.

Scenic Cruising – White Island

The highlight of our adventurous day at sea is a cruise by the amazing active volcanic White Island, New Zealand's only live marine volcano. We’ll bring you up close as the volcano breathes, roars and hisses in a truly spectacular manner.

Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning, and it has a reputation for great food, wine and surf beaches. In addition to offering a unique glimpse of the heritage of indigenous New Zealand culture and modern Maori life, Gisborne is also known as the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand.’

Wellington, New Zealand

Arts, culture, fine dining and breathtaking natural scenery – that's what distinguishes New Zealand’s capital city. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbor, Wellington boasts a vibrant downtown that's easily explored on foot. The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits.

More recently the lush natural scenery around Wellington has been used in a host of feature films, giving the region the nickname “Wellywood”. We’ll offer tours to some of the local highlights.

Akaroa (Christchurch), NZ

Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Stunning natural beauty defines this lush and remarkable part of the world.  We’ll dock in gorgeous Akaroa, a lively port town with inviting cafes and shops right off the pier.

At Sea

After all this touring, a day at sea gives you time to unwind and enjoy the wonders of being out on the open ocean. Start with a friendly Atlantis brunch, drop by the theater for the world’s craziest bingo session, pamper yourself in the spa, and save some energy for our signature outdoor t-dance as the sun sets over the Pacific.

At Sea

Your vacation continues with a marvelous day of pure delight as we sail towards Australia. Options abound, including the best idea – doing nothing at all!

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart welomes you to Australia with an extraordinary setting of natural beauty nestled amonst the foothills of Mt. Wellington, yet bursting with modern style. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.  Australia’s second oldest capital offers excellent shopping, stunning modern art, outdoor markets, and a world-class food scene along with Tasmania’s fascinating adventure options. You’ll discover quickly why this is one of the world’s top-ranked tourist cities!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia’s second largest city spans the Yarra River to the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts some of Australia's best shopping, Australia’s best food scene, and an endless array of art galleries and museums. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture meets modern charm, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.

We arrive at night, giving you the opportunity to indulge in some of Melbourne’s many fine restaurants or cafes, along with a night out to explore the vibrant gay scene.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spend our second day in Melbourne enjoying the cities parks, museums, shops and other thrilling options. You’ll love it here!

At Sea

Our last day onboard creates a welome chance to relax with friends, sleep in a bit, and get ready for a few days in Sydney. We’ll keep you entertained with endless pool games, our signature finale t-dance, and a few surprises. There’s nothing standard about an Atlantis day at sea!

Sydney, NSW, Australia

One of the most visually stunning and welcoming cities in the world fans out from the focal point of Circular Quay, boasting Sydney’s star attractions – Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Spend a few days here to explore Sydney’s wide-ranging cultural life, amazing restaurants, and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

An Epic Journey

There’s so much packed into one cruise, that words simply won’t suffice. So check out our video to fully experience this multi-faceted voyage including the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand, the cosmopolitan excitement of Sydney, and the frenetic energy of the world’s largest gay and lesbian celebration – Sydney Mardi Gras!

Endless Marvels of New Zealand

New Zealand welcomes you in the vibrant harbor city of Auckland, a remarkable city boasting the country’s largest gay population. This stunning, cosmopolitan destination makes the perfect start for an all-gay cruise as we head south to explore.

After a relaxing day at sea, spend a day in the heart of wine country from the stunning port city of Napier. Explore New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, famous for its breathtaking countryside and inviting harbor as well as magical scenery from a dozen famous movies.

The dramatic mountain vistas of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island, bring you in touch with the most “English” city outside of England. 

After all that exploring, two sea days will be a welcome break to recharge and refresh as we head to Australia.

The Perfect Australian Introduction

Staggering natural beauty meet Australian laid-back charm in the stunningly beautiful city of Hobart. From the bustling market to craggy mountain ranges it’s a city of brilliant contrasts, fabulous restaurants, and endless options for exploration.

Our overnight stay in cosmopolitan Melbourne give you ample time to discover classic Victorian buildings, serene parks & beaches, a magnificent art scene, Australia’s best food scene, and a vibrant gay nightlife. You won’t want to leave, but there’s one more day at sea as we head into glorious Sydney in time for the world’s largest gay and lesbian celebration.

Sydney Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary

Atlantis designed this cruise to arrive just in time for the 40th anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras, a month-long celebration of our community, culminating in a nighttime parade viewed by over 750,000 people. And that’s just the beginning, as the revelry continues to a sensational all-night party for 17,000 featuring superstar talent from around the world. This year is guaranteed to be one for the record books, with an all-new design and much more!

As a major sponsor of Sydney Mardi Gras we’ve been able to perfectly coordinate our schedules. Our post-cruise program whisks you from the ship to Sydney’s top hotels with plenty of time to explore, tour, and truly make the most of this incredible city. We’ll have priority access to all the top events for Mardi Gras. Details will be released in early August.

The Perfect Ship for Play

Whether it’s an Atlantis day at sea or returning from a day of adventure, there’s so much to enjoy onboard Noordam. Relax by one of our two stunning pools, learn cooking in the culinary center, or pamper yourself in our expansive spa. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center packed with plenty of challenging classes. Join one of Malcolm’s zany pool games. Drag yourself out to Bingo with Miss Richfield. Or learn something new at one of our enrichment lectures. We’ll keep your days full of options, including the one to do absolutely nothing at all.

Choices to Savor

Excite your palate in our dramatic two-story ocean view restaurant featuring Holland America’s award-winning cuisine. As on all Atlantis cruises, you’ll enjoy open seating and a casual atmosphere with no dress code. There’s never an assigned table or dining time, allowing you to dine at your leisure with friends old and new.

For a special occasion, make a date at Pinnacle Grill for one of the most elegant meals at sea, featuring premium beef and fresh seafood. Or relax over an authentic Italian dinner in Canaletto. Casual fare abounds at the Lido Market with a wide variety of culinary delights virtually 24 hours a day.

Stars on Two Continents

Stellar entertainers from the USA and Australia star throughout your cruise, including comics, singers, drag performers, variety acts, and more. Our 1000 seat theater hosts sophisticated production shows, Atlantis signature entertainers, and more. We even produce our own gay acrobatic show, designed just for you.

Two intimate lounges feature up-and-coming entertainers and unique specialty acts up close and personal. You’ll always find friends in Atlantis’ signature piano bar, or one of the other inviting places for a drink. And there’s always action in the world-class casino.

Parties to Span an Ocean

Nothing compares to Atlantis’ dazzling nights as the pool deck transforms into a spectacular party space, starring top DJs from around the world. We’ll fill the night sky with lights, lasers, and music to thrill you well into the morning. Our themed afternoon T-Dances are legendary fun, and the perfect end to an afternoon. No matter what your taste in music or experience with a party, we’ll keep you dancing until Mardi Gras!

The World’s Best Vacation Value

With exchange rates at historic lows and outstanding deals on flights from virtually everywhere, there’s never been a better time to visit Australia and New Zealand. Add that to our historically low fares from $1399 and you’ll discover the best gay vacation value we’ve ever offered.

Atlantis has been bringing guests to Sydney since 1996 and we’re proud of our partnership with Mardi Gras over the years. Make history with us as we explore two amazing countries and celebrate 40 years of Mardi Gras together in 2018!